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Spanish police rescue girl sold for marriage by parents

Madrid - Spain police said Wednesday they had rescued an 11-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped and beaten after she was sold by her parents for marriage for 17,000 euros ($18,500).

U.S., French forces aid search for hostage taken in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou - The U.S. and French military are assisting in the search for a Romanian mineworker kidnapped in Burkina Faso and believed to have been taken into Mali, Burkina Faso's security minister has said.

Gunmen kidnap Romanian security guard from Burkina Faso mine

Ouagadougou - Gunmen on Saturday kidnapped a Romanian security officer working at a mine in northern Burkina Faso and fled with him towards the border with Mali, security sources in both countries said.

Romania to expel seven for recruiting for Al-Qaeda, IS

Bucharest - Romania will expel seven foreign nationals accused of recruiting members for the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda and propagating their ideas in the eastern European country, officials said Saturday.

Germany open to Schengen talks with EU's poorest nations

Bucharest - Germany on Monday said it was open to talks on allowing Romania and Bulgaria into the passport-free Schengen zone, which has been a delicate subject among European countries.

Alcoholic Russian bears to be moved to Romania for rehabilitation

Sochi - Two alcoholic Russian brown bears who led a sad existence for more than 20 years in a filthy cage may soon have a much better life in Romania. If everything goes as planned, that is.

Ex-Romanian presidential candidate held in corruption probe

Bucharest - A former Romanian presidential candidate was remanded in custody late Tuesday over her alleged role in a corruption scandal involving Microsoft licences that has sucked in a number of high-profile figures, prosecutors said.

Struggling Romanian city symbolises post-communist era

- On the 25th anniversary of the execution of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, life in the small Romanian port town of Zimnicea is defined by poverty, corruption and, remarkably, a yearning for communist days.

Romania's new president urges all out war on corruption

Bucharest - New Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, whose anti-graft platform propelled him to the top job, on Sunday urged politicians to stamp out entrenched corruption in one of Europe's poorest countries.

Romania 'to clear up' allegations over CIA prisons

Bucharest - Romania is "ready to clear up" allegations that the country hosted secret CIA detention centres, the foreign ministry said Tuesday -- though it stressed that Bucharest had "no proof" such prisons existed.

Romanian parliament approves new Ponta cabinet

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's revamped government sailed through a vote of confidence in parliament Monday on a promise of continued economic growth and improved social programmes.

Romanian PM reshuffles cabinet after poll defeat

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta reshuffled his leftist government Sunday, a month after his surprise defeat in presidential elections.

Op-Ed: Moldova to Putin — In Vino Veritas

Chisinau - Once again a match made in Moscow appears to have failed. Russia may always be a bride’s maid, never a bride, unless the groom is wearing a balaclava and camouflage.

Romania arrests organised crime chief prosecutor over corruption

Bucharest - Romania's chief prosecutor tasked with investigating organised crime and terrorism was on Saturday arrested on corruption charges over a real estate deal alleged to have cost the government over 60 million euros ($75 million), local media reported.

Romania ex-prison boss 'must pay' for deaths: Inmate

Bucharest - The last surviving inmate from a notorious communist-era Romanian prison told a court Wednesday its one-time boss "must pay" for his cruelty at the jail where at least 14 died of cold and hunger.

Romania scraps amnesty seen helping jailed politicians

Bucharest - Romanian lawmakers on Tuesday scrapped a controversial amnesty bill aimed at freeing corrupt politicians from prison, just two days after a presidential election marked by outrage over rampant graft.

Romania's new president vows to tackle corruption

Bucharest - Hours after pulling off Romania's biggest political earthquake since the revolution which overthrew Nicolae Ceausescu, the country's soft-spoken new president followed through Monday on his vow to tackle corruption.

Romania's anti-graft mayor wins shock presidential victory

Bucharest - An ethnic German mayor of a medieval Transylvanian city pulled off a shock victory in Romania's presidential elections, defeating the premier after vowing to stamp out corruption in the graft-riddled country, early results showed on Monday.

Romania embraces revolutionary dullness of its German Herr Normal

Bucharest - If you were to pick someone to pull off the biggest shock in recent Romanian political history, Klaus Iohannis would not have been top of the list.

Romanian PM concedes surprise defeat in presidential vote

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Sunday conceded defeat in a presidential runoff he had been widely expected to win, with his conservative opponent Klaus Iohannis claiming a shock victory."I congratulated Mr Iohannis on his victory.

Romania PM and rival neck-and-neck in presidential runoff: exit polls

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his conservative opponent Klaus Iohannis were neck-and-neck in a presidential runoff vote, exit polls showed Sunday.

Romanian PM 'neck-and-neck with rival' in presidential poll

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his conservative opponent Klaus Iohannis were neck-and-neck in an unexpectedly close presidential runoff vote, exit polls showed Sunday.

Thousands of Romanians protest against Ponta ahead of vote

Bucharest - Thousands of Romanians took to the streets Friday calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, favourite to win a presidency runoff this weekend, after a scandal over Romanians prevented from voting abroad.

Ponta's confident climb towards Romania top job

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, now tipped for the presidency, is an ambitious, confrontational politician who has risen rapidly in the post-communist era.

Thousands protest in Romania over presidential vote

Bucharest - Some 10,000 people protested in Romania on Saturday, accusing the government of limiting voting from citizens living abroad in last weekend's presidential polls.

Ponta leads tighter-than-expected Romania president vote

Bucharest - Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta led the first round of the presidential election according to near-complete results on Monday, but he was pushed harder than expected by his conservative rival.

Ponta tops Romania presidency first round vote

Bucharest - Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta led the first round of a presidential election Sunday, despite fears he could reverse reforms aimed at tackling the rampant corruption that blights one of Europe's poorest countries.

Ponta poised to win first round of Romania vote

Bucharest - Prime Minister Victor Ponta looks set to win the first round of presidential elections in Romania Sunday amid fears that, if elected, he could reverse advances in the justice system.

Romania to probe Microsoft reseller 'bribery' of ministers

Bucharest - Romanian President Traian Basescu on Friday authorised public prosecutors to launch an inquiry into five former ministers suspected of receiving millions of dollars of bribes and kickbacks from resellers of Microsoft software.

Romanian Communist-era prison boss's trial set to start

Bucharest - A trial that some have dubbed the "Romanian Nuremberg" opens Wednesday in Bucharest, with the head of a brutal communist-era labour camp, known as the "prison of silence," charged with crimes against humanity.
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French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Romanian President, Traian Basescu, at the European Council in Brussels on 16 September 2010.
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House in Rosia Montana promised to be renovated by Canadian Mining Agency RMGC.
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Colorful ceramics at National Ceramics Fair, Cucuteni 5000, in Iasi, Romania. July 2011.
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one of the houses that Gabriel Resources will only renovate after the mining project starts
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The University Square is an important place in Romanian recent history.
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Costinesti, in Romania, known as a sea resort city
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Graves in Ghencea military cemetery, Bucharest, Romania
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Luminita Perijoc - friends say that she models her looks after celebrity Angelina Jolie.
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